Oct 6, 2012 6:00pm PDT
'm jim axelrod. many americans saw gas prices go up a bit this week. californians saw them skyrocket. nationally, the average stand at $3.81 a gallon, up roughly $.supper 2, but in california prices exploded to a record high average of $4.61 a gallon, up d.n.a that's a $.47 in a week and makes it the most expensive gas in the country. as john blackstone reports, this could only happen in california. >> in the golden state, gas gold. the rush is on to fill up at a los angeles-area station where the price is only $4.55 a gallon for regular. that looks reasonable to drivers who say many stations charging $5 a >> $10 in gas isn't even going to give me a quarter of a tank. it's really out of control. >> reporter: aaa reports the average high is $4.61. a record high $4.61, it's well above that in many metropolitan areas and in some stations far above that. >> i got gas yesterday at $4.69 d i got gas yesterday at $4.69, and today i saw this at $5.69. 9.said no, i'm not going to get get f reporter: in san francisco, the average is $4.69 a gallon. the lack of buyers at a station charging $5.
Oct 9, 2012 4:00am PDT
for the underdog team, featured in the movie "money ball." jim axelrod spoke with its manager, who broke the mold on thousand be a winning ball club. >> reporter: they are the poorest team in major league baseball. with a roster stocked with rookies and low-paid veterans, the oakland a's were pegged to finish last in their division. >> most people i think predicted that we would lose not only 100, maybe 110. so this has been satisfying. >> reporter: instead, they finished first. if what general manager billy beane has done sounds like a hollywood story, well, it already was. >> the problem we're trying to solve is that there are rich teams and there are poor teams. then there's 50 feet of crap. and then there's us. >> reporter: brad pitt played beane in "money ball." it's a david and goliath tale of a gm with a small budget for salaries outthinking everyone else using a statistical formula to find winners among baseball's discards. you have to find undervalued players. >> you essentially have to have players whose performance is better than what we're paying them. >> reporter: beane's calculation